The living wall is one of the best developments in the fusion of nature and construction technology. We are in a world where we can harness the strength, durability and unique capabilities of nature.
The first living wall was created by Patrick Blanc alongside architect Adrien Fainsilber in 1986.
"We are in a world where we can harness the strength, durability and unique capabilities of nature"
Living walls are being used as a unique form of insulation, air purifiers, sound reduction and biophilic tools. Is there anything they can’t do? It certainly helps that they are outstanding to look at!
The best part might just be that living walls are achievable by anyone. You can buy beginners kits online, as well as see large scale and artistic living wall installations all over the world.
If you’re worried about the lifespan, Patrick Blanc has a vertical garden in his office which is now over 30 years old!
Bioactive concrete is a type of porous concrete with the density to create moist nooks and crannies that support plants without the need for soil. ECOncrete created this particular form of concrete for use in marine construction. Though designed to be used exclusively under water it was showing promise for above ground, and our urban built up environments.
An excellent addition to the biophilia scene, don’t you think?
The development in bioactive concrete is a really positive step toward the construction industry impacting our lives and not the planet.
As we find more ways to reduce our carbon footprint and be more at one with nature, these kinds of developments are only going to get more exciting and accessible.